The Caribbean is no stranger to storms, and the region has become adept at bouncing back. While popular destinations such as St. Martin, Antigua and Barbuda, the U.S. and British Virgin Islands, and Puerto Rico took major hits from 2017’s back-to-back hurricanes, 70 percent of the Caribbean—including most of the Greater Antilles, the southern part of the Lesser Antilles, and the region’s Latin American coasts—was left untouched. These spots have seen a boost in visitors as tour operators and cruise ships reroute their trips. To reboot their tourism economies, affected islands first focused on repairing airports, seaports, roads, and beaches.
Major resorts and waterfront restaurants will take longer to rebuild, but a number of small hotels and vacation rentals are already open, benefiting from a rise in bookings. And some islands are charting a more innovative course. Heavily damaged Dominica aims to become the world’s first climate-resilient nation by investing in renewable energy and building critical infrastructure that can withstand severe storms. Check out our top recommendations of where to go now.